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Terracotta kylix: lip-cup (drinking cup)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 550–540 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Terracotta; black-figure
Dimensions:
H. 5 3/16 in. (13.2 cm); diameter 8 3/16 in. (20.8 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.122.27
  • Description

    Exterior, obverse and reverse, chimaera; below, meaningless inscription

    The chimaera combines the body of a lion, the forepart of a goat, and the tail of a snake. It belongs to the menagerie of mythological creatures introduced from the East during the late eighth and seventh centuries B.C. Accomplished though the painter of this cup was, he was probably illiterate—as were most people—because the "inscription" here consists of letters conveying no meaning.

  • References

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

    Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneleise, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1986. Atherion-Eros, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 3. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen, Chimaira (in Etruria), no. 83.

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